Combined Degree MD-PhD

The combined MD-PhD program is available to students with superior academic records and strong research potential. In the course of the program, a student will pursue the medical school curriculum for the first two years, spend three to four years in the PhD program, and then complete the final two years of the medical curriculum.

Prospective students must begin their application by applying to the School of Medicine through American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and indicating they wish to apply to the MD-PhD program. Once that primary application is completed students must then apply to the PhD program in one of the basic science departments in the School of Graduate Studies and be accepted through the MD-PhD Committee.

Applicants to the MD-PhD program must meet both the School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies admission requirements, including the School of Medicine requirement to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Minimal criteria for consideration of admission are: MCAT scores of 504; GPA 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). The GRE is optional.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program. After the first two years of medical school, students must pass Step I of the USMLE before starting the PhD program. When all the requirements for the PhD program have been met, the student may begin the third year of medical school.


  1. MS Year 1 and 2. Current year Tuition and Non-Resident Fee is paid by the student.
  2. MS Year 3: Current year Tuition and Non-Resident Fee is paid by the MD-PhD Program Waiver. The MD-PhD students also receive reimbursement of Tuition and Non-Resident Fees paid in MS Year 1.
  3. MS Year 4: Current year Tuition and Non-Resident Fee is paid by the MD-PhD Program Waiver. Student also receives reimbursement of Tuition and Non-Resident Fee paid in Year 2.

Students begin the PhD curriculum after MS Year 2 and receive financial assistance from the Graduate Studies PhD Tuition and Non-Resident Fee Waiver program. Stipends are provided during PhD studies. Students cannot receive the MD-PhD Program Waiver and The Graduate Studies Waiver during the same term.

If a student withdraws from either the MD or PhD portion of the program the student is required to reimburse all tuition and fees paid or waived.

Contact Information

F. Scott Kennedy, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Admissions- School of Medicine
(318) 675-5190


Kelly Tatchell, PhD
Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
(318) 675-7572


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